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Inside Iowa State
Feb. 20, 1998

Veishea '98: A weekend for ISU family

by Steve Sullivan

"A Time for Change" is the highly appropriate theme for Iowa State's 1998 Veishea celebration.

In the aftermath of problems that threatened the continuation of Veishea, President Martin Jischke announced in October that the university would be alcohol-free during Veishea 1998, April 17-19.

Student planners have refocused Veishea from an event for everyone who wants to come, to an event for "The Iowa State University Family," which includes Iowa State students and their families, ISU staff and faculty and their families, ISU alumni and their families and the Ames com-munity. Some events, such as major, headline entertainment events at night, will be open only to "The Iowa State Family."

Other events, such as the Stars Over Veishea production of The Music Man, and the annual Veishea parade will remain open to the general public.

"We've done this to return Veishea to the people who truly care about it -- the members of the Iowa State family -- and to substantially reduce, if not completely eliminate, the number of people who apparently don't care about Veishea and who come to Ames during the weekend just to find a party," said Kathryn Whitaker, Veishea co-chair.

The Veishea schedule still is being planned, though the event will include many traditional elements of Veishea, in- cluding the annual parade, Taste of Veishea and open houses. One goal this year is to encourage more faculty and staff involve-ment in Veishea, especially open houses, said Ben Dohrmann, Veishea co-chair.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be telecast on KCCI-TV. The Cyclone spring football game will follow the parade at 3 p.m. in Jack Trice Stadium.

Evening entertainment events will include music and a headline comedian at the Lied Recreation Center on Friday, and a concert on Saturday. Ticket information for these events will be announced later and tickets will only be available to members of "the Iowa State Family target audience," said Whitaker.

Meredith Willson's The Music Man is the ISU Theatre/Stars Over Veishea musical this spring. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evening, April 17-18, with the traditional Sunday afternoon (April 19) matinee as well. Tickets will be on sale in early March at TicketMaster outlets and the Iowa State Center Ticket Office, (515) 294- 2479.

The final Veishea 1998 schedule still is being finalized. Organizers plan to limit the celebration to 48 hours, said Whitaker.

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